BATON ROUGE - LSU's Class of 2019 is up to 13 signees as of noon and to No. 4 in the nation after starting the morning of national signing day at No. 7 in the Rivals.com rankings.
The Tigers landed a commitment shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday from Siaka Ika, the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com out of East High in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the No. 1 prospect in that state. Ika (6-foot-3, 330) then signed after 10 a.m. after choosing LSU over Florida, Oregon, Utah, USC, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State and Brigham Young, among others. Ika, who is the No. 121 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, brought LSU's commitment total to 20.
"Incredible," is how TigerBait.com's Michael Scarborough described the addition of Ika, who visited LSU on Saturday, Oct. 13 - the day the Tigers defeated No. 2 Georgia, 36-16. He went on to visit Oregon on Nov. 3, Utah on Dec. 8 and Florida on Dec. 14 after visiting USC over the summer on June 22.
The Ika commitment alone pushed LSU's 2019 signing class from No. 7 to No. 4 by Rivals.com behind only Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M and one notch ahead of Clemson.
The latest signee is Marcel Brooks - the No. 3 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 58 overall prospect out of Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas.
The 12th signee was the No. 1 overall prospect in all the land - cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (6-1, 185) of The Dunham School in Baton Rouge. He committed to LSU on June 20, turning down Florida and Texas.
The first signee of the day came just after 8 a.m. from north Louisiana - Joseph Evans of Haynesville High in Haynesville. Evans (6-1, 300) is the No. 22 prospect in Louisiana and No. 40 defensive tackle in the nation.
The No. 2 signee was from Lafayette. Thomas Perry (6-6, 300) of Teurlings Catholic High is the No. 16 prospect and the No. 36 offensive tackle in the nation.
Ten more followed. Those are deep snapper/offensive guard Quentin Skinner (6-0, 245) of Buford High in Buford, Georgia, tight end T.K. McClendon (6-3, 240) of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and offensive tackle Anthony Bradford (6-5, 320) of Muskegon High in Muskegon, Michigan, inside linebacker Kendall McCallum (6-3, 235) of Oxford High in Oxford, Alabama, offensive tackle Charles Turner (6-5, 260) of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, via Canton, Ohio, kicker Cade York (6-2, 190) of Prosper High in Prosper, Texas, inside linebacker Donte Starks (6-1, 210) of John Ehret High in New Orleans, athlete Trey Palmer (6-1, 166) of Kentwood High in Kentwood, Ika, and Stingley.
Bradford is the No. 67 prospect in the nation and No. 11 offensive tackle. Mcallum is the No. 33 inside linebacker. Turner is the No. 40 offensive tackle. Starks is the No. 7 inside linebacker in the nation. Palmer is the No. 2 player in the country with the versatile "athlete" designation.